Thursday, 9 February 2017

TV, Press, Awards, and Irish Tour Round Up....

Six O'Clock Show TV3

"Looking forward to being back yet again on "The Six O' Clock" Show on TV3 this evening. I'll be sharing the couch with Danny O' Farrell and Paddy Houlihan. AKA Dermot and Buster from "Mrs Browns Boys". Should be fun!”

"Haven't laughed as much off set of a TV show in a long time. Great fun last night at TV3 with Dermot and Buster on The Six O' Clock Show”

Watch Darren on the couch and in the kitchen on the Six O’Clock Show.

Emerald Guitars

The latest news from Darren's endorsement with Emerald Guitars.

Emerald Guitars: “NEWS We caught up with Darren Holden from The High Kings before Christmas. The popular Irish group is touring the US again this March! Have you seen the popular Irish folk group live yet? We'd love to hear your stories!”

Click the image below to read the article.

Sunday World Awards

HKHQ Update: “We are delighted and honoured to receive the 'Outstanding Contribution to Irish Music Worldwide Award' at the Annual Sunday World Awards tonight!!” #proud #theboysarebackintown

"Very proud moment for THK's last night."

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"Last night's "Sunday World Entertainment Awards" was a great opportunity to catch up with some industry friends I hadn't seen in ages. Fantastic night.
Dominic Kirwan, Patrick Feeney, Richard Willoughby, Eddie Rowley, and Linda Martin."

HKHQ Update: “Look what arrived to HKHQ today: Sunday World 'Outstanding Contribution to Irish Music Worldwide Award'!
'Grace & Glory' CD albums will be available to purchase in stores in the US from 10 February. Just in time for our upcoming US Tour”

Irish Echo

Irish Echo reviewer votes Grace & Glory best album of 2016!

Click the image below to read the article online.

Sunday World Article

"Thanks to Eddie Rowley for a great piece in today's Sunday World newspaper. "

Irish Tour Round Up


"Soundcheck at Ulster Hall, Belfast. Had a stormer here last year and looking like another one tonight."

Town I Loved So Well Live!!

"What a special night at The Ulster Hall. Incredible audience. Thank you Belfast."


"A sold out Market Square Theatre in Armagh. Not much can top that on a good night. The loudest audience so far!"


"Enniskillen! As always, one of the best concerts and crowds of the year at the Ardhowen Theatre. That was a reaction and a half. Loved it.
As always, I am humbled by the many kind comments after the show about our version of "The Town I Loved so Well".
It truly means an awful lot to me."


"Final concert of 2016 tonight was a sold out Strule Arts Centre show in Omagh, and what a way to sign off on what's been our busiest year to date.
Bar none, the loudest audience in months. They brought the party in a big way. Just how we like it.
Big thanks to our special guest, the very talented Lisa McCrory who joined us for a few songs.
Massive thanks to the hundreds of thousands of you who attended a HK show this year. We couldn't do it without you all!"


"What a night at Racket Hall Roscrea! Crazy sellout crowd. Favourite show of 2017. Here we go!!"

Carrick on Shannon

"One hour to show time here at The Landmark Hotel in Carrick on Shannon and it is officially a complete sell out and we've been told we could've sold out another tomorrow night! Unreal.
We'd have loved to, only we are sold out at the Millennium Forum in Derry tomorrow.
Tickets for this entire tour are fast disappearing so grab 'em quickly folks.
We are having the best time out there."

#hk #graceandglory

"One of the very special concerts we've done to date. The west rocked hard last night. Great to meet so many of you afterwards." #carrickonshannon


"Last night at The Millennium Forum in Derry was one of those nights that we will always remember. The High Kings have played this amazing venue many times, but this was bigger and louder than ever before. An incredible sold out audience.
You literally took my breath away at the end of "The Town I Loved so Well. To sing it in its hometown, is an honour that I will never take lightly. Its always been one of the greatest ballads ever written, but there are nights it becomes so much more than that. It lives, breaths and aches through ever word. The people of Derry are so proud of Phil Coulter and of this song. Rightly so.
I can never thank you enough for the countless lovely comments and messages from last night and I can only hope that I, and the guys, will always be able to do this wonderful song justice.
Its your song Derry. Thank you for letting me borrow it."

"Approval from the master"


"Newry! What can I say. A Sold out and absolutely brilliant audience!
This tour is fast becoming the biggest and best one for THK to date.
It's all down to you guys.
To the lady who came to the stage after "The Town I loved so well" thank you. I was very moved by your comment. Meant a lot.
To the gentleman who said he is going to write to his local newspaper about the way we do that song, thanks a million. The more people that know about what The High Kings are doing, the better. So great to see so many young folks coming out to this tour too.
We cannot do what we do without your fantastic support. You are all part of THK train.
Lets keep it rollin'."

Darren and the lads performing at the Canal Court Hotel Newry.
Photos copyright Anja Muller


"Limerick.....that was fantastic. The concert hall has never sounded so alive! What a great audience. 2 hours of non stop fun. Thanks to everybody that came along tonight."


"Well played Ashbourne. Well played!"


"Hello Galway. The High Kings are coming to Seaport this Saturday night!
I will be chatting to Keith Finnegan all about it on Galway Bay FM at 11.20am this morning.
Tune in if you can"

Listen to Darren's short telephone interview with Keith Finnegan on Galway Bay FM ahead of the Seapoint show.


"Seapoint. Galway. The scene of many a wild High Kings show over the last few years. Tonight is looking like staying true to form. The west is awake and buzzin'"

"Having toured the Grace & Glory album in numerous countries over the last 8 months, we experienced audience volume at a whole other level last night at the legendary Seapoint in Galway city.
That show could've gone on all night!
Massive thanks to what was easily one of the best crowds we've ever performed to."

"Still buzzin' from Galway."


"Sold out tonight in Tullamore. Onstage at 9pm."

"Tullamore. Massive thanks for a fantastic night. One of the biggest crowds we've played to throughout this tour.
Thanks to Michael Duignan for the great hospitality also!"


"Wexford. No words necessary. Love this town and your incredible Opera House. Wexford is in my blood. Thank you for an unbelievable night."


"Just over 1 hour to go to showtime." #soldout #waterford

"I remember pucking sliotars with this lad when he was a nipper!" #timeflies

"Thank you Waterford. Incredible audience. Fantastic night."


"Cork Opera House. Sold out! About to hit the stage for the penultimate concert of the "Grace & Glory" Irish Tour."

"Cork sent the volume into overdrive tonight . By far, the best show of the entire tour so far. Thanks to an unbelievable audience for coming out and helping us rock the opera house."


"A fantastic end to the tour last night in Carlow. Massive thanks to a huge crowd who brought the party and the atmosphere."

Tour Dates

Irish Easter Tour

Dates for Holland and UK to be announced soon. Please keep checking for the current tour schedule in the US and Ireland, and for any new dates being added.

Photos From German Tour 2016

Photos from Hannover and Mainz, copyright Anja Muller.



That's all the news for now, the High Kings are currently on a short break before heading back across the pond to the US in early March.

Thanks as always for your continued support

Darren & the DH Team

Friday, 16 December 2016

Opry an Iuir and European Tour Round Up

Emerald Guitars

“Hanging out in London with my Emerald Guitars Artisan X20. A beautiful instrument and a new addition to The a High Kings European Tour.”


Darren playing his treasured Emerald Guitar at Union Chapel.


Click the Photo below to read the article on Emerald Guitars website.

Opry An Iuir 

Update from HK HQ: “Big thanks to the team at Big Mountain Productions for sending us these great pics from our day filming on Opry an Iúir! Looking forward to seeing the show on Wednesday on TG4”

 Watch the High Kings on Opry An Iuir. The programme is 53 mins long and the High Kings are the main feature throughout the show performing 7 of songs incl Hand Me Down My Bible, Early Morning Rain, Goodnight Irene, and Leaving of Liverpool to finish. They also accompany Nell Ní Chróinín for one of her songs. 
PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire on 22nd December.

IMRO Number 1 Award

The High Kings being presented with an IMRO Number 1 award for Grace & Glory.

CLICK HERE to read the Hot Press article.

European Tour

"Tour rehearsals in full swing."
#highkings #europeantour


“The Danish know how to do gyms.” #copenhagen #hkeurope

“Kolding, Skive, and Copenhagen. Thank you so much for the massive welcome back to Denmark. Always great to play here for you lovely folks.
The pic is of tonight's sunset over the capital.”

United Kingdom

Milton Keynes

“Milton Keynes!! Wow!
That was phenomenal. Loudest audience in ages. What an atmosphere.
The UK brought the party tonight!”
#HKUK #graceandglory

There were no cameras allowed at The Stables in Milton Keynes, but this was Darren and the lads after the signing.

Union Chapel – London

“Tonight, the HK UK tour rolls back into one of the most prestigious venues in London, Union Chapel.
Last time the audience were fantastic, so as we are sold out, it should be a good one!”


“London! Incredible!
Lost for words. What a night. We hoped it would be good but yet again, you've blown us away completely!
Thanks so much for giving us last night.”

Darren on lead vocals performing Kelly the Boy From Killane at Union Chapel Islington. The song has been recently added to the set list for the Grace & Glory tour.

The High Kings performing Gypsy Rover.

We have too many to post individually. You'll find all 12 songs we recorded at the start of this playlist, incl Hand Me Down My Bible, Grace, Early Morning Rain, Town I Loved So Well, Oh Maggie, Parting Glass, Leaving of Liverpool, Go Lassie Go, Johnny Leave Her, and Fields of Glory. Enjoy!

Photos copyright Carol Billett

Photos copyright Anja Muller



“From swinging London to brilliant Berlin! I've even got a Batman phone!
Just swooped back to 1977 😊

“Goodnight Berlin.
What a great crowd to kick off the German leg of the HK tour.
Thanks for an exceptional time.”


“Hamburg! That's how ya throw a party.
Thanks for another fantastic night in Germany.”

Photos copyright Sandra Elschner

Photos copyright Anja Muller


“Our crew getting the stage ready for tonight's show at Modernes in Bremen.”


Black Velvet Band with Darren playing his Emerald Guitar.

Hand Me Down My Bible!

Photo copyright Anja Muller

Photo copyright Sandra Elschner


“Halle, thank you so much for an amazing night. You guys were phenomenal throughout the show tonight. The volume from you was sensational. You blew us away on every chorus. Great fun.”


"Christmas markets creating a very festive feeling here in the lovely city of Mainz, Germany."

“To all the amazing audience tonight in Mainz, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much for the incredible reaction to "The Town I Loved so well". Not only did it mean the world to me, but also to the man who wrote it all those years ago, Phil Coulter, who passes on his gratitude.
The lads and I had a ball tonight.
Germany is being great to us.”

“Fitness First. Definitely one of the finest gyms I've ever been in. The Germans do it well.”


"Karlsruhe, that was insane. What a crowd. The loudest in ages. Thanks for showing us how to throw a party." 


“There was a point during tonight's show in Stuttgart where I received a timely reminder why I do what I do.
To write a song, record it, and release it to the world, is one thing, but when you hear a couple thousand beautiful German folks roar every word at you in unison....well that's a whole other story.
"Oh Maggie" never sounded so cool Stuttgart. You guys really took all of us by surprise with the volume.
Thanks a million.
Munich....your turn next 😊
PS....if anyone got video, please feel free to post it.” 

Photos copyright Barbara Schmidt.


Essen! No words! Incredible crowd!
Thank you!”

Photo copyright Sandra Elschner.



Thank you so much to an incredible German HK Army. You guys are some of the loudest and largest crowds we've played to this year.
Tonight we return to The Gloria Theatre, Cologne. Last time was off the scale.
There is now a strong connection between THK and FC Köln, as our song "Fields of Glory" has been adapted as the club anthem!
Expect lots of red scarves and flags tonight!Kick off is 8pm.”

“Cologne...that was ridiculous! What a night. Full on craziness from start to finish. Shows and crowds like this are never easily forgotten. Germany just keeps getting bigger and better. You guys literally sang the whole concert for us. Sincerely.....Thank you.”

The High Kings performing Whiskey in the jar in Cologne with special guest singer Mathias Nelles. Thanks Sandra Elschner for sharing.

“Brian and myself sporting FC Cologne scarves last night which we wore onstage for our show at the Gloria Theatre. Very proud that THK now have an established connection with this great club.”

  Photos copyright Sandra Elschner.


"What a beautiful old city Aschaffenburg is."

“Thanks Aschaffenburg for a very memorable night.
Great audience that came to party.”

The High Kings performing Leaving of Liverpool in Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg.


“Thank you and Goodnight Germany.
We won't forget this anytime soon!
Homeward bound.” 

Finale! Thank you Germany!

“Denmark, UK, and Germany.
You've made the last month a fantastic experience for myself and the lads. The High Kings don't work without the superb fanbase that we are blessed to have.
For the great time you've shown us I would like to say a massive "Thank You".”
#hkeurope #graceandglory 

RTE Music Choice Awards

“The High Kings album "Grace & Glory" is Nominated for the RTE Choice Music Award!
Short list is out next month, January 2017.Thanks RTE!
This is very cool.”

Tour Dates

Update from HKHQ: “Extensive Irish winter tour dates announced!”

Update from HK HQ: “Hello USA! Delighted to announce these shows for March 2017.”

Other Updates From Darren...

"Great to catch up with my bud Gavin James at my gig in Lillies Library tonight. What a laugh swapping US tour stories and what a moment when Gav, with his insanely beautiful voice sat with me at the piano and we did the Elvis classic "Can't help Falling in Love"A great guy and a sublime artist."

That's the round up of all the news and the European Tour. The High Kings are now back in Ireland kicking off the Irish Winter Tour which takes them to the end of January. We'll be back with a short Christmas Newsletter very soon. Until then....

Thanks for your continued support.

 Darren and the DH Team